In Between – Five Minute Friday Word

Today’s word for Five Minute Friday is In Between.5minutefriday

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

Normally when I do these writings, I first think of song lyrics.  But, today I am at a loss for a song about In Between.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAInstead I am thinking that this summer is an in between time for me.  You see in August, my son will start kindergarten.  His early childhood at home with mommy is coming to a rapid close.  (Here I am with him a few summers ago at the beach.)

I am so blessed beyond words to have had all of this time with him.  My husband and I planned so that I could be a stay-at-home mom and that is the best thing I think I have ever done!

Prior to my son being born, I’d had a nice, long career related to my college major.  I worked as a reporter and then several different offices as a technical writer.  This was very fulfilling and meant a lot.

Then Ian was born, I had my maternity leave, and then went back to work for about a month and a half.  You know what, I decided then that I didn’t want to just see my son at the end of the day.  It was an easy decision and one that I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to do!

Now, he is about to start the adventure of school.  He is so excited and ready to be there all day.  I have to admit that I am less so.

I am in between total happiness in this next phase of his life and his growing up, and sadness that my baby is no longer a baby.

I don’t want him to see that I am sad since it will upset him.  Instead I quietly think about it and look forward to a fun-filled summer with him and my husband.

To all of you with kids starting kindergarten, I know that we’ll make it and our kids will be fine.  It’s just the next phase of life.

Scripture says there is a time to every purpose under Heaven.  The time is now for a sweet young boy to start his school adventure.

To all of you who have been through this, I’d love some words of advice!!

STOP!!!

I wonder how much fun we can cram into the summer before school starts?!  I sure plan to do a lot of fun things with my son.  I want to make memories with him during this last summer before school.

It is the end of an era and the start of the new one.  He is ready and beyond excited and that is awesome!!!

To read other postings on In Between, please see http://lisajobaker.com/2013/06/five-minute-friday-in-between/

5 Minute Friday – Listen

5minutefridayHi and Happy Friday!!

listenToday’s word for Five Minute Friday is Listen.

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

When I first saw that today’s word was listen, a song lyric came to mind… “Listen to the rhythm of the pouring rain…”

Have I ever listened to the rain?  Yes and it is wonderful!  I like the sound of a calm steady rain.

I like the listen to all kinds of things — laughter from my son, a song, the ocean, my husband telling me he loves me, a bird chirping, the crack of ice in a hot drink, water boiling for a cup of tea, and the list goes on.

This week I have a stopped up ear and it is very obnoxious.  It is hard to hear out of just one ear but I am trying to manage.  Hopefully a doctor can give me the correct medicine to clear it up.

The gift of hearing is one that I cherish.  It is one that I also don’t take for granted.

There is a verse in the Bible which states, “Be still and know that I am God.”  I think that He is telling us to be quiet and listen.

In a busy life that we have, that can be a challenge to do, but it is important.

I hope to be able to listen to what is important in my life.

Now STOP!

As I was writing this, I kept getting interrupted by sounds from my son and a friend playing, my hubby talking to me, and many other background noises.  Always plenty of noise.

May I learn to appreciate the sounds around me but also take time to really listen.  I wonder if I can do that?!  I am going to try.

To read other thoughts on Listen, please check out the Five Minute Friday page http://lisajobaker.com/2013/06/five-minute-friday-listen/

Fall is the Word for June 7

5minutefridayHi and Happy Friday!  Here we are on the first Friday in June!

I can’t believe we are 6 months into the year already.  Time time certainly flies, doesn’t it?!

Today’s word for Five Minute Friday is Fall.

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

Confusions said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

This is a great quote and something that I thought of at first when seeing the word for today.

Life is full of falling down and then picking yourself back up again.  A roller coaster you could say.

My husband and I are teaching our son that life is full of things that you don’t want to do.  We are also teaching him that sometimes bad and messy things happen.

And you know what he is learning, when you spill something, you clean up.  When you make a mess, you clean it up.  When you make a mistake, you fix it.

I think this is very important in a world that seems to be missing teaching kids about failing or losing.

Have you noticed in recent years that all kids who participate in sports get a prize or a trophy?  While I think it is great to recognize and celebrate all kids being active in something, I still think that they need to learn how to lose and lose gracefully.

If they don’t learn that while young, what will happen during the big game in college or on the first job interview that they don’t get?

We can learn a lot when things don’t go our way.  We find out what we are made of and what we can do.

I am all for making dreams come true and having a positive outlook on life.  But I also want my son to know that it’s not the end of the world when he falls or fails.

Okay … STOP.  Time is already up.  My those 5 minutes go quickly.

Here are few more great quotes that I wanted to add:

  • “Most important thing in life is learning how to fall,”  Jeannette Walls
  • “Sometimes it takes a really good fall to learn where you stand,” Hayley Williams

I wonder what I will learn the next time I fall.  I am sure that it will something since I make mistakes.  The blessing is that I can learn from them and teach my son about them as well.

To read other thoughts on Fall, please check out Five Minute Friday –http://lisajobaker.com/2013/06/five-minute-friday-fall/

Five Minute Friday — Imagine

5minutefridayHi and Happy Friday!  Can you believe it’s the last day of May?  This month went so fast.

Today’s word for Five Minute Friday is Imagine.

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

A few things come to mind at first when I think of the word Imagine.

There is an amazing song by the group Mercy Me, entitled, “I Can Only Imagine.”

This song imagines what it would be like to meet God in Heaven.   The singer basically asks would I fall on my knees or just be in total awe.  Each time I hear this song, I get tears in my eyes.

I remember the first time I heard it was soon after the death of a dear friend.  That time I truly cried since I knew that friend was in God’s presence.  Thinking of it now gives me chills.

Another song is “Imagine” by John Lennon.  There is a line in this song about Heaven that has always bothered me.   It states, “Imagine there’s no Heaven, it’s easy if you try.”

I don’t agree with him although it is a compelling song.  I believe in Heaven and know it exists.

Isn’t it funny that my first two items have to do with music when thinking of this word.  The other thing that comes to mind is my son Ian.

He loves to play and imagine.  He is creative throughout the day and loves to make up friends and voices for his favorite stuffed friends.

I love seeing his mind at work and what he comes up with.  It is truly an inspiration.

Being able to imagine a variety of things to me is a gift.  I am so thankful that my son has that gift.

STOP … times up.

To check out other amazing blogs from the FMF community, please check out http://lisajobaker.com/2013/05/five-minute-friday-imagine/.

5 Minute Friday — View

5minutefridayHello and Happy Friday!  I don’t know about you but I am so glad that it is the Friday of Memorial Day weekend!

I am at my computer today for Five Minute Friday and so glad to be back!  The word this week is VIEW.  Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

Last year I went to a writing seminar where the lecturer was talking about point of view.  This is very important in writing a novel.

You have to decide if it will be written in 1st person, or third and narrated.  Then you have to stay consistent throughout.

This is a challenge and I guess the first major hurdle in writing fiction.  To date, my experience with this genre has been very limited.  My usual writing is from my point of view and my views of life and trying to figure things out.

As my regular readers know, I think it is important to learn about someone else’s point of view.  I just like figuring out how people tick and what they consider important.

I grew up with a very diverse family — extended with cousins who I would see every few years in California.  Although we were all different and had our unique points of view, we got along and learned to love and respect each other.

There is a quote of don’t judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes.  I totally agree that until you know and can understand that person’s point of view, you shouldn’t judge.

NOW STOP … times up.

Well that went very fast.  I had other items to add about view — like the view through a camera or the view from a mountain or airplane being totally different than being on the ground… but that will have to another time.

I wonder if I can continue to want to learn about another’s point of view.  I certainly plan to do just that.

To view other comments about view, please link on 5 Minute Friday — http://lisajobaker.com/2013/05/five-minute-friday-view/.

Hope you have a fabulous long weekend!

Comfort is the Word for May 10

5minutefridayComfort — what a great word.

Today’s topic for 5 Minute Friday is Comfort.  Here the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

My first thought is a quote that a friend of mine says, “I was built for comfort not for speed.”  Isn’t that a great way to explain being a bit overweight?  I thought it was priceless.

Next I started thinking of things that bring comfort to me.  Primarily for me, it is being at my home with my family and friends.

This year I have been away from home quite a bit.  At times that gets very difficult since we are staying at someone else’s house.

As I write this, I am home and it is wonderful!  Pure comfort and bliss, to be sure.

You don’t realize how precious your own place is until you are away from it for a long time.  My home is like a cocoon and I always feel glad to be back.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like spending time at someone else’s home.  But, there is a lot more freedom at your own place.

My home is in the town that I grew up in and that is special.  My neighborhood is full of people who know one another and care to see you.

I feel very blessed to live where I do!!  My husband and son also love where we are.  That is pretty great if you ask me.

Comfort means many things at different times in our lives and this is what it means to me on this particular day!

I wonder what other ways I can be comforted or comfortable?  I know there are many more than I can imagine.  Hope you have a comfortable day!!!

Now STOP!  Times up.

Read more thoughts on “Comfort” at 5 Minute Friday’s link today.

5 Minute Friday – Brave (1 Day Late)

Well I am a day late with my 5 minute Friday blog.  I guess that old expression could apply of better late than never.   I had no access to a computer yesterday so here I am — way late.

The word this week is BRAVE.  Here are the rules. I am not sure I will be able to post it this late, but I wanted to write about this word anyway.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

“Put on a brave face,” is something we sometimes hear when things are really dire.

Is that something that we actually can do? I wonder since there are many things in life when this is very hard to do.

I started thinking about several items where people are very brave:

  • Parents who have a child with cancer or some other illness
  • Attending the trial of someone who killed your spouse or child
  • Chemo treatment or a mastectomy
  • The people on the airplane on 9/11
  • Soldiers who defend our country
  • Policemen and women who risk their lives each day for us to be safe
  • Firemen and women who run into burning buildings

All of these people are truly what being brave are about to me.

How many times have I truly been brave?

One time that comes to mind is the first time I drove a car after having been run over by a car.  It was also brave for me to walk in a parking lot behind cars.  This was a freak accident but something that took a long time to move past.

Living on my own for the first time was a challenge but something I am so glad to have done. It is stressful at first to try to figure out the bills, the laundry, cleaning up after yourself and all the day-to-day things.

Another time I had to be brave was the first time I had my son all to myself to take care of.  He was born on a Tuesday and we didn’t take him home from the hospital until Saturday.  He spent the first 4 days in the NICU.

This was one of the most difficult week of my life so far since he’d been with me for 9 months and then was across town for me.

We were so thrilled when we could finally taken him home.

STOP — okay time is up.

Read more thoughts on “Brave” at Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday link-up today.

 

5 Minute Friday — Remember

5minutefridayI recently came across a blog that encourages people to write each Friday on a given subject.  This writing is to be done without editing or thinking too much about it.

This is a great exercise for practicing writing and seeing what you come up with. Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

The topic for Friday, March 22, is Remember. 

The first thing that comes to mind with Remember is the phrase in communion which states, “Do this in remembrance of me.”  That is what the pastor said in the church I grew up in.

But I have visited a church recently that states, “Do this for the remembrance of me.”  I don’t like that version for some reason and I can’t put my finger on why.  It just doesn’t seem as strong in the meaning of remembering Christ’s body and blood.

Another item that comes to mind about remember is the great Amy Grant song, “I Will Remember You.”  This is a great song with wonderful lyrics!  I really like the words and enjoy singing it.  When you are connected to people, they are always in your life and you can remember all of the great times with them.

I also like to remember my friends and family and the amazing things that we have done.  Memories are great and can remind you of a great time in your life.

I remember the day my son was born like it was yesterday.  I remember seeing his sweet face for the first time and realizing, oh my goodness, I am now responsible for this new and precious life.  Yikes, the responsibility!

I remember my wedding day and the fun of eating my lunch while wearing a towel over my wedding dress so I wouldn’t spill anything.  Several dear friends and family have passed away since that day, but many others have been born.  The circle of life does go on.

I remember the house I grew up in.  I remember the shag carpet downstairs which was always colder than upstairs.  I remember fires in the fireplace and eating popcorn and hot chocolate.  I remember flower wallpaper on the kitchen walls.  I remember many fun times with my family and friends.

Well, that is my first 5 minutes of the 5 Minute Friday.  I hope to make this a weekly event. Have a great week.

I wonder what else I will remember throughout my day.  I am sure it will be plenty!!